October 12 Wednesday

Book Talk: After Disbelief

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 12:10PM - 1:00PM
  • SLB Room 128
  • Open To The Public
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Please join the Lillian Goldman Law Library for a book talk with Professor Anthony Kronman Ph.D. ’72, J.D. ’75 on his new book, After Disbelief: On Disenchantment, Disappointment, Eternity, and Joy.

**Online Registration is Required** Boxed lunch will be available during the event for those who RSVP.

About the Book: An intimate, philosophic quest for eternity, amidst the disenchantments and disappointments of our time. “In this deceptively quiet and self-effacing book, Anthony Kronman makes an audacious argument: the most important things in our lives make sense only if we believe the world is divine. In a sense, we already believe it, if only we could find the words. Here they are.” - Jedediah Britton-Purdy, author of After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene Many people of faith believe the meaning of life depends on our connection to an eternal order of some kind. Atheists deride this belief as a childish superstition. In this wise and profound book, Anthony Kronman offers an alternative to these two entrenched positions, arguing that neither addresses the complexities of the human condition. We can never reach God, as religion promises, but cannot give up the longing to do so either. We are condemned by our nature to set goals we can neither abandon nor fulfill, yet paradoxically are able to approach more closely if we try. The human condition is one of inevitable disappointment tempered by moments of joy. Resolutely humanistic and theologically inspired, this moving book offers a rational path to the love of God amidst the disenchantments of our time.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Yale Law Library